The Content MAFIAA vs. The People (Week 38/2010, MPAA > ACTA)

September 26, 2010

The EU, Gallo and ACTA

Bericht über “geistige Eigentumsrechte” passiert EU-Parlament (www.heise.de)

Auch Tote unterstützen den Gallo-Report (www.gulli.com)

The MPAA > ACTA link

MPAA Asks If ACTA Can Be Used To Block Wikileaks (yro.slashdot.org)

MPAA Wants To Know If ACTA Can Be Used To Block Wikileaks? (www.techdirt.com)

Civil Disobedience

Stallman Crashes Talk, Fights ‘War On Sharing’ (news.slashdot.org)

Disconnecting the People

In France, Hadopi Reporting Begins, With (Only) 10,000 IP Addresses Per Day (yro.slashdot.org)

Multinational copyright companies will require French ISPs turn over 150,000 subscriber names and addresses per day (www.boingboing.net)

US ISP Suddenlink Claims The DMCA Requires They Disconnect Users (www.techdirt.com)

US ISP Adopts Three-Strikes Policy (yro.slashdot.org)

US ISP Disconnects Alleged Pirates for 6 Months (torrentfreak.com)

Bill Would Allow US DoJ To Shut Down Piracy Sites Worldwide (www.osnews.com)

Extorting the People

ACS:Law Anti-Piracy Law Firm Torn Apart By Leaked Emails (torrentfreak.com)

ACS:Law (Gay) Porn Letters Target Pensioners, Married Men (torrentfreak.com) (This by the way is what you get when you preach “Freedom from porn (techcrunch.com).”)

ACS:Law Email Database Leaked onto The Pirate Bay (www.slyck.com)

UK Anti-Piracy Firm E-mails Reveal Cavalier Attitude Toward Legal Threats (yro.slashdot.org)

Leaked Emails Reveal Profits of Anti-Piracy Cash Scheme (torrentfreak.com)

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In other news…

Google, Apple Settle Justice Dept. Hiring Probe (yro.slashdot.org)

EU stellt Verfahren gegen Apple ein (www.heise.de)

Apple Passes PetroChina to Become Second-Largest Stock (www.bloomberg.com)

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Now Richer Than Apple’s Steve Jobs (blogs.forbes.com)

Some perspective on those last links…

From Steve Jobs to MPAA, MPEG-LA, ACTA and your life

Steve Jobs of course is not only the CEO of Apple, but used to be the CEO of Pixar, that was before he sold Pixar to Disney and subsequently became “Disney’s largest individual shareholder at 7% and a Director of the company” (see Wikipedia).

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Now there is an organisation called Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

MPAA members include the “seven big” Hollywood studios:

Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group (The Walt Disney Company)

Sony Pictures (Sony Corporation)

Paramount Pictures (Viacom)

20th Century Fox (News Corporation)

Universal Studios (NBC Universal)

Warner Bros. (Time Warner)” (see Wikipedia)

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And there is another interesting organisation called MPEG-LA (links to my related blog entries),

this is the patent pool behind H.264 and MPEG-2:

MPEG-2 is what everyone needs for a DVD.

H.264 is the codec used in basically any (prosumer) camera, including mobile phones like in Apple’s offerings. As previously discussed: you do not own your own H.264 footage, even transcoding will not help you in escaping the MPEG-LA’s licensing fees (for commercial use).

Apple of course is also an H.264 patent holder and was the only major player not willing to give some kind of official support to the free and open-source WebM project.

And of course you may not use any open-source codec if Steve Jobs will have it his way.

So there are two interesting sets of links to remember in all of this

Steve Jobs > Pixar > Disney > MPAA > ACTA > your (digital) life (think freedom of speech, WikiLeaks, …)

Steve Jobs > Apple > MPEG-LA > software patents > ACTA > your digital life (think fees for H.264, “freedom from porn“, freedom from…)

EU stellt Verfahren gegen Apple ein


Fees on hard drives, Godard, HDCP, Pirates and the Day of Glory

September 18, 2010

This week in

The Content MAFIAA

vs.

The People

Austrian newspaper derStandard.at reports Urheberrechtsabgabe auf Festplatten ab Oktober (derstandard.at) – (new) fees on hard drives etc. for the content MAFIAA in Austria (Austro Mechana etc.) from October on.

The funny part: they say it’s for media that consumers already legally obtained…! So if you are stupid enough to still buy your content at the iTunes store (all your songs have dirty DRM (techcrunch.com) on it), you’ll now pay again, and then again, and again for the DRM content that you paid for already and do not own.

Now that seems just a little bit too greedy to me…

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Meanwhile Jean-Luc Godard has said: “Il n’y a pas de propriété intellectuelle. Je suis contre l’héritage, par exemple.” “There is no such thing as intellectual property. I’m against the inheritance [of works], for example.” (www.ecrans.fr)

More on Boing Boing (boingboing.net): “I am against Hadopi [the French internet-copyright law, or its attendant agency], of course. There is no such thing as intellectual property. I’m against the inheritance [of works], for example. An artist’s children could benefit from the copyright of their parents’ works, say, until they reach the age of majority… But afterward, it’s not clear to me why Ravel’s children should get any income from Bolero…”

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In other news the HDCP (en.wikipedia.org) Master key has been “leaked” (by whom…?), Sony’s DRM infested Blue-Ray has been cracked (hardware.slashdot.org) and Intel Threatens to Sue Anyone Who Uses HDCP Crack (www.wired.com).

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When you read the comments on derStandard.at from that article linked above you can see that a lot of people are getting really angry at the content MAFIAA’s doing.

It’s a good thing that there are elections in Sweden this weekend. Unfortunately I am not Swedish and so the Swedish Pirate Party will have to do without my vote. But I am sure others will be there.

You see once people are really angry it’s just a matter of time until the day of glory has arrived

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Update: In yet more related news TorrentFreak reports that in “a call to arms yesterday” 4chan DDoS Takes Down MPAA and Anti-Piracy Websites (torrentfreak.com). “Don’t mess with the Internet they say.” (19.09.10): See also 4chan to DDoS RIAA Next – Is This the Protest of the Future? (torrentfreak.com), RIAA Goes Offline, Joins MPAA As Latest Victim Of Successful DDoS Attacks (techcrunch.com).

Update 2 (19.09.10): Looks like Intel is now trying to win an unpopularity contest with Apple when it comes to lock-in strategies and screwing the customer, not only will they sue you for using the HDCP crack: Intel wants to charge $50 to unlock stuff your CPU can already do (www.engadget.com), Intel Selling Scratch-Off “Upgrade” Cards To Unlock Processor Power (techcrunch.com)

Update 3 (21.10.10): Discussion/comment (by user blacklightknight from September 18, 2010) on HDCP Master Key Confirmed; Blu-ray Content Vulnerable (www.pcmag.com):

“a huge blow to Hollywood” ……really.

The only huge blow to Hollywood is the cocaine they snort every morning for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have no love for them. They are nothing but organized criminals calling themselves an “industry”.

Hey Hollywood, notice just how much people love you…?!


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